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28 Jan 2014 | Leave a Comment

Massive EVE Battle

Massive EVE Battle

Whilst I’ve tried EVE a couple of times, I always found it really hard to climb the steep learning curve and general vastness of the EVE universe. However, I do still love it when these stories come out…

EVE is one of the few MMOs that really does have a convincing, living breathing virtual world (or galaxies in this case), packed with political wrangling, intrigue, wars, revenge, deviousness and general backstabbing. It’s usually one of those things that starts off a massive rumble in the EVE universe, but not this time… This time, it was something far more simple… A missed bill payment.

Basically, the N3 Coalition forgot to make a payment on a space station they owned. Missing the payment resulted in the loss of sovereignty over the system, which left the station (and the system) vulnerable. This resulted in rival factions CFC and Russian Coalition swooping in and taking the station… Whilst this wasn’t good news for N3, it was worse news for Pandemic Legion, who were using the station to store a lot of their assets… CFC and PL have history, so what resulted from this invasion was the mother of all battles, as 70 Titan class ships worth around £1800 each (in real money – converted from EVE’s in-game currency ISK) have already been blown to bits as N3PL and CFCRUS throw down.

Last count according to Reddit was CFCRUS at 20 Titans lost, but N3PL down double that…

There’s a great gallery of the battle here.

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20 Jan 2014 | One Comment

Bryan McClure

Bryan McClure

In this new podcast, we’re chatting to a young actor called Bryan McClure, who’s about to take on the role of Cadet Bradbury in Space Command, an epic new movie franchise from prolific screenwriter Marc Zicree (Sliders, Star Trek: TNG, DS9). Bryan got the role after beating 7000 entries in a global talent search for the movie!

McClure has also guest starred in Sky 1′s Hawaii Five-O, and worked with Colin Hanks in the film Lucky.

Space Command is a new and original science fiction franchise created by award-winning writer/director Marc Scott Zicree, which follow the bold adventures in space of the United Planet’s Space Command, a dedicated group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers exploring and taming the vast expanse of our solar system for human colonization.

You can find more about Bryan here, and more about Space Command here!

Geektown Podcast 09: Actor Bryan McClure – Space Command

If you have iTunes, you can click here to subscribe to the Geektown Podcast, or just click below to listen or download!

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28 Dec 2013 | Leave a Comment

Some interesting results in the Sci-fi category this year, but ultimately there were 2 shows that really were rating way in front of the others. 5th place went to Sky 1′s Revolution with 8.8% of the vote (just beating out Orphan Black by 0.1%!). 4th place went to debut series Under the Dome (8.8%), which airs on Channel 5 in the UK. As for the top 3…

3rd – Falling Skies

With 9.6% of the vote, it’s nice to see an out-and-out sci-fi show in the list. Aliens, a dystopian future, and humans in a battling to save their planet. Really doesn’t get much more sci-fi than that! Airs on Fox in the UK and should return in July 2014 if previous years are anything to go by.

2nd – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Whilst it might not be Joss Whedon’s best work (not yet anyway…), Agents of SHIELD (16.9% of the vote) is still a highly entertaining mix of kick ass fun and some quippy one-liners. Assuming it get’s renewed for a 2nd season, and I suspect it will, I’m looking forward to seeing where things go, and what changes it brings. We’re still only halfway through season 1 right now, which should return to Channel 4 in Feb 2014 after it’s mid-season break. Check out the video above for a sneak peek at the next episode… Looks like we may finally find out if Tahiti really was as beautiful as Coulson believes…

1st – Doctor Who

Once again, Doctor Who takes the top spot, with a massive 38% of the vote. With a new year, we get a new Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi who takes control of the TARDIS when the new series begins in Autumn 2014. Found this nice little video someone has put together of all 13 regeneration’s so far – obviously, spoiler warning if you’ve not seen this years Christmas episode yet!

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25 Nov 2013 | Leave a Comment

So here is the video from the panel with  Kate Kelton & Richard Donat from the Syfy show HavenSorry about the crappy sound quality, I ended up having to shoot it on my phone… Also, the boys and girls from 501st Legion go past at one point and rather drown things out! Don’t worry it doesn’t last too long – hey it’s Comic Con, what’ya gonna do? Tell a Sith Lord he needs to keep the noise down?.. ;)

This wasn’t Kate’s only encounter with Vader and the 501st… Check here for those pics!

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24 Nov 2013 | Leave a Comment

This weekend has seen MCM Comic Con land in Birmingham, and being just down the road, I thought it only right we should take a look!

First Impressions, Costumes & Comics

A female Doc Ock

A female Doc Ock

This was actually the first MCM Con i’d covered so I was interested to see what it would be like. This Birmingham Con took up 2 massive halls of the NEC. One dedicated to memorabilia the other to comics. Wandering around, there were naturally a lot of people enjoying themselves in costume. Some had made rather more effort than others, but they all seem to be having a good time. I think it’s fair to say Deadpool is proving somewhat popular this year with both young and old. I also spotted a large number of Harley Quinns and of course, male and female Doctors from Doctor Who – I’d say a good balance between 10th and 11th incarnations… I did see a number of Fez’s… but then, as we all know, Fez’s are cool. ;) A special shout out really has to go to the lady Doc Ock who was standing around having photos taken with Spidey, for her frankly, spectacular outfit, complete with mechanical arms!

Looking through some of the stands, there were lots of great artists and independent comic book writers. The one that really caught my eye though was ‘Bearland’ from Subversive Comics. After the Zombear Apocalypse, the Bear-with-no-name travels across a Zombie infested landscape to find the bear responsible… The zombie apocalypse with teddy bears! What’s not to love!

Guests

Hannah Spearritt / Ben Mansfield

Hannah Spearritt / Ben Mansfield

There were no shortage of people signing autographs, some bigger stars than others. A few people that have had minor roles in Star Wars, or Doctor Who, along with some other well know British TV faces. Not unsurprisingly, Hannah SpearrittBen Mansfield from Primeval were proving popular with the autograph hunters, as was Richard Kiel (aka Jaws from James Bond). I also spotted Nabil Shaban who played Sil in the 6th Doctor’s serial ‘Vengeance on Varos’. Sil was a character that scared the crap out of me as a child, and it didn’t help that when I saw him, he was in the section of the Con that had a selection of live animals, and he was busy ‘petting’ a tarantula!

Kate Kelton & Richard Donat from the Syfy show Haven were also there, and I did have a brief chat with them as I went up to get an autograph after their panel. It was also a this point an incident occurred which made me fall a little in love with Kate. You see, it appears she is a MASSIVE Star Wars geek, and it just so happens the guys from The UK based 501st Legion were there in, ahem, force… So when Darth Vader himself decided to pay Miss Kelton a visit just as I got to the front of the queue, she had, what I can only describe as a geekgasm. It was really rather adorable, and she just freaked out and had her photo taken with the Sith Lord and his Imperial Guard. She did return to the signing table eventually with an ear-to-ear grin which I suspect still hasn’t faded. J.J. if you’re reading this, offer Kate a role in the new movie, and you’ll have a friend for life! ;)

Kate Kelton with Darth Vader

Darth Vader & a Federation officer

Darth Vader & a Federation officer

I should say, the 501st Legion were brilliant throughout the time I was at the Con. They seem to always stay in character, and it’s not uncommon to see Stormtroopers wandering through the halls mock ‘harassing’ willing con-goers. The best incident I saw of this was when Vader himself ‘caught’ a Star Trek fan in full costume, and had him prostrate himself in front of the sith lord (and onlooking crowd) and declare ‘the Federation is nothing, long live the Empire’. It was all in good fun, and the Federation officer (who i’m sure will be court-martialed for his cowardice) was eventually let go.

Panels

Red Dwarf Panel

Red Dwarf Panel

There were a number of interesting panels at the Con. First up was the Haven panel with Kate Kelton & Richard Donat, who answered lots of fan questions about the show. It was an interesting mix as this was Kate’s first Con, and she was clearly pretty hyper, where as Richard was far more laid back. Both utterly charming though. Favourite answer to the question ‘which other character would you like to play on the show’ came from Kate “Duke. I loooovee Duke as he’s such a smart-ass. Although if I got to play Nathan, I get to kiss Audrey, so that would be fun!” Geek temperatures rising around the room! ;) See the video of the Haven panel here.

Next panel I caught was with prolific Manga voice over artist Todd Haberkorn, although the panel I caught was more related to the work on the brilliant web series Star Trek Continues in which he plays Spock. It’s shot in the original 60′s tv show style, and picks up right after the end of the last episode. They’ve shot 1 full episode so far, and thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, are shooting 4 more next year.

Finally, the big one. The Red Dwarf panel. This included Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, and Hatty Hayridge, all who where on top form. Many questions from fans about how they got the roles, and favourite episodes and jokes, which resulted it Chris and Rob reenacting the classic “Are you sure sir, it’ll mean changing the bulb” line. There was also some discussion about who’s most disruptive on set, to which Chris replied “We’re all consummate professionals these days”… and then Rob goes on to relate a story of how Craig has a habit of setting fire to his scripts. ;)

Overall, I’ve had a blast over the past 2 days. I’ve met some great people (in some amazing costumes!) and seen some very entertaining panels. If you get a chance to go then do it, you won’t regret it. Lovely people, and you may even get the chance to meet Darth Vader!

MCM Comic Con Birmingham 2013 Gallery

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15 Nov 2013 | Leave a Comment

We’ve mentioned Almost Human a number of times, and it’s a show that has us really excited for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s from Fringe writer & executive producer J.H. Wyman with the backing of J.J. Abrams.
  2. It’s stars Karl Urban (Judge Dredd, Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (FlashForward, The Good Wife).
  3. It’s a proper, balls to the wall, scifi, with a futuristic setting and androids as major characters.
  4. It looks completely awesome!

No news on when it’ll reach out shores yet, but i’d be surprised if it wasn’t sooner rather than later (on Sky 1 or Fox), given the interest. I suspect it’s got a hefty price tag attached to it which means they maybe want to wait to see how it plays out natively first.

Airs this Sunday (17th Nov) in the US. but keep an eye out on Almost Human’s uk air dates page from more info!